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Indie game Dehoarder lets you declutter a hoarder home

Ever wanted to live the glamorous life of a hoarder? An indie game lets you clean up your own massive virtual mess.

(Screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET Australia)

Ever wanted to live the glamorous life of a hoarder? An indie game lets you clean up your own massive virtual mess.

We don't know what it is about cleaning games lately, but there's something about them that's so very entertaining.Robot Vacuum Simulator 2013lets you take on the role of a Roomba, cleaning up dustbunnies in a very slow sort of fashion, while Viscera Cleanup Detail sees you scrubbing down a space station after some sort of heroic showdown.

Dehoarder, made by SmilingCat for last year's Ludum Dare competition (the theme was "Minimalism"), is yet another experience again; and there's something about it that we just cannot stop playing.

You (the first-person protagonist) are a hoarder, and you're tasked with clearing up all of the junk in your living space. The game takes place in a single room; when you start, you have three stats: Score, Will and Money.

Like Katamari Damacy, initially, you can only start with small objects, such as empty burger containers. This is because you have no Will — this, however, can be obtained by throwing things away. You'll have to work your way from fast food wrappers to newspapers to the larger items cluttering your room.

At the end of each day, you'll be given a cash reward for cleaning, and sometimes, you'll be able to sell some of your junk. This cash can be used in two ways. A cleaning service will randomly pop by, offering you their services in exchange for your money. We advise you to take them up on it whenever possible — because the other way your cash is used is to your detriment.

At the end of each day, you will compulsively give in to the hoarder addiction and buy more junk. This happens automatically; when it does, your score will go down, too. Since the aim of the game is to get to 10,000 points as fast as possible, you want to have as little money as possible to blow.

The game was made in two days (the main condition for entering Ludum Dare), and it does show — it's not the most graphically sophisticated work we've seen. But there's something compelling about it. The first time we cleared off an entire couch was glorious, only to have it littered with empty soft drink bottles and newspapers again the next morning after a binge.

Dehoarder is playable for free on Kongregate, so give it a whirl and let us know what you think.

Note: to play this game on Kongregate, you may need to install the Unity web player.